Reports circulated today that the grandson of an advocate for building a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge had jumped to his death last week from the iconic span. According to the Chronicle, Sean Moylan was the grandson of a former bridge district director, John Moylan, who had been president of the board when plans moved forward for a controversial barrier.
The latest tragedy adds to the more than 1,600 suicide deaths that have happened since the Golden Gate opened in 1937—46 of which have come this year. Although the installation of nets has been approved, the project has been held up for lack of funding. Last March it appeared that regional transit agencies would be willing to contribute some of the project's cost, and an item for the bridge district to pay its share is on the agenda for a meeting on June 27th. Under discussion for years, a suicide barrier has never been erected—partly out of concerns over costs.
Last year, we profiled barrier advocate Kevin Hines, who is one of the few would-be suicides who survived a jump off of the bridge. Hines told us then that, "“People who die by suicide or attempt suicide don’t truly want to die. They may say the word ‘want,’ but they don’t."
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, help is available. Please call (800) 273-TALK(8255).